Be Ready

Be Ready

Monday, February 11, 2013

10:56 AM

2 Peter 3:10 - "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed."


Last Wednesday we were greeted by a surprising knock on the door.  "Mrs. Reed we are ready to take you to your vehicle," said the lady on the other side when I opened up the door.  We knew that my wife was being discharged from the hospital that day, we just didn't know it was going to happen so soon, and because of that we weren't prepared we weren't ready.

They had told us it was coming.  They had come in and did all of the discharge paperwork and told us that we would be going in a little while, but we weren't planning on it being that fast.  When they said, "we will send someone up to get you in a little while."  I told my wife it'll be a couple of hours I'm sure, it normally takes about that long. 

So we were shocked when the knock happened.  We were shocked and we were not prepared.  We had been sitting around and talking and planning, and doing what we thought needed to be done.  So we were unprepared.

It was okay, the lady said she would come back in a little while, no big deal.  My wife could finish lunch and get the baby fed, then we could leave.  I was thankful for her willingness to work with us but I'll have to admit I was a little embarassed that I wasn't ready.

A lot of people in our world today are just like I was, except the stakes are a lot higher.  I was getting organized, resting, and talking away so I wasn't prepared when the knock came to take us to our car.  No big deal the lady said I'll just come back.  People today however are doing the same thing, talking, making plans, enjoying life, and whatever else all the while not being prepared for the return of Christ.  I wasn't prepared for the knock on the door and it was okay.  Many won't be prepared when Jesus returns and sadly it won't be okay.

Peter tells us that that day will come like a thief, in other words when it isn't expected.  Many will be caught off guard, unaware, surprised, shocked, but sadly enough it won't be okay.  They won't be prepared and because of that they will miss out on the celebration, on the banquet, on the feast, on the rest of God. 

But they will do more than just miss out, they will be subjected to the wrath of God (Hebrews 4:2).  To be blunt, they will be in the worst place imaginable.  A place where hope is gone, a place of torment, a horrible, terrible place.  A place where they miss out on God's feast, God's rest, God's promises.

Many are going through life missing out on that place.  So the question has to be how can a person be ready for that day?  It won't be a knock at the door, but it will be a trumpet blast.  So again how can a person be ready for that day? It isn't by living a good life, or by doing good things, or staying away from bad things.  It isn't even by going to church and having Christian T-shirts and listening to Christian music.  The only way a person can be ready for that day is through being covered with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Jesus' first words in the Gospel of Mark are "repent and believe the good news."  Notice He doesn't say, take the good advice, no He calls it good news.  It is the good news of the Gospel, and the good news is this , "Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world."  He is the one who gives us His forgiveness, He is the one who gives us His righteousness.  He is the one who took God's wrath in our place so that we could be saved, so that we could be prepared for that day.

I was embarrassed that I wasn't ready for the knock at the door, but I'm thankful that through the grace of God and the love of God I'm ready for that day.  I'm thankful that it doesn't depend on my goodness but on His.  I'm ready, how about you?

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